Signs emotional abuse dating relationship
That despite the best face you are trying to put on things – and even despite the fact that your partner does do some good things for you – that you are profoundly unhappy. And that you know – deep inside – that you need to make a change in your life.
As a therapist, it's very painful to watch, to experience, to sit across from and to absorb.As a woman, these same feelings and experiences were once part of my life. And, of course, to watch this unfolds breaks my heart.Instinctively, I want to protect them from further harm and tell them to run.Just a few months into her new life in a new state with her boyfriend of three years, Lauren was nearing the breaking point. To Lauren, her years with her ex now reverberate with the telltale notes of emotional abuse.“I go back and forth between thinking I have to break up with him,” she told a friend, “and thinking that I don't want to be without him.”She Gchatted a different friend to say her boyfriend had called her at work to complain that a box of her crafting supplies had fallen off the kitchen table and dented the floor. Lauren might seem an unlikely target of emotional manipulation.